IT’S NEW COMIC BOOK DAY! #NCBD

The best day of the week just got a lot better with a new round of awesome comics arriving in stores this week. Staff members at Major Spoilers are here to help you with your comic book selection this week, with their roundup of comics they recommend.

AQUAMAN #50
Writer: Kelly Sue Deconnick
Artist: Daniel Henriques, Robson Rocha
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
SOLICITATION: As Aquaman settles the Old Gods of Unspoken Water into their new lives in Amnesty Bay, Jackson Hyde, a.k.a. Aqua-lad, seeks out Aquaman to be his new mentor! Back in Atlantis, Mera makes a move that shocks the Widowhood. Meanwhile, Black Manta, recently kicked out of the Legion of Doom, prepares to make his next move against his greatest nemesis…but Lex Luthor is about to make him an offer he can’t refuse. Don’t miss our landmark 50th issue and the start of a brand-new story!

STACY: Kelly Sue Deconnick has been giving us one of the most original Aquaman interpretations we’ve seen in years. If you liked the movie, you will love how she has blended the silver screen and four color versions. We start up a new storyline here, and there are several big shockers in store. Also, a great insight into Arthur Curry’s eating habits!

BLADE RUNNER 2019 #1
Writer: Michael Green, Mike Johnson
Artist: Andres Guinaldo
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: In the neo-noir city of Los Angeles, 2019, Ash, a veteran Blade Runner, is grappling with a new case: a billionaire’s wife and child, apparently kidnapped by Replicants for dark purposes… An all-new ongoing comic series from the pen of Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049, Logan, American Gods), with longtime co-writer Mike Johnson (Batman/Superman, Supergirl, Star Trek), illustrated by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America). The first comic to tell original, in-canon stories set in the Blade Runner universe!

STEPHEN: A strong start to the cyberpunk detective story, and even though I have doubts as to why this story has to be a Blade Runner story, it is a solid tale, and has me interested in what happens next as we explore the question of where woman ends and machine begins.

GHOST TREE #4
Writer: Bobby Curnow
Artist: Simon Gane
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Mysteries are solved as an ancient evil rises. Will Brandt and his family be able to come to terms with their actions before the present is ruined? What does the future hold for those trapped in the past?

INGRID: This deeply thoughtful family story about ghosts and living in the past concludes this month. Full of beauty, moments of melancholy, bits of humor, and little frissons of creepiness, this is a wonderful book.

 

JUGHEAD’S TIME POLICE #2 (of 5)
Writer: Sina Grace
Artist: Derek Charm
Publisher: Archie Comic Publications
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Journey with Jughead to the 29th Century! January McAndrews, head of the Time Police, explains the rules of time travel, and how Jughead’s already created alternate timelines they now have to police. But all the praise in the world isn’t fixing Jughead’s pie problem, and he’s realizing that everyone seems to be intentionally keeping him from time traveling. He’s getting angry, and things haven’t even gotten weird yet!

STACY: You know, sometimes you just want to sit back, relax and forget the problems of the world. Well, this is the book to do that with. Find out what effects Jughead’s little time travel had, and what major affect he personally had on the future. It’s just plain fun, what an unexpected swerve on the final page! That changes everything!

SERA AND THE ROYAL STARS
Writer: Jon Tsuei
Artist: Audrey Mok
Publisher: Vault
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Civil war rages in the Empire of Parsa, and famine has struck. As the seasons refuse to turn, Princess Sera receives a vision from the deity Mitra telling her to find the Royal Stars and restore them to the heavens. Despite her kingdom and her troops’ need of her command, Sera embarks on a quest to find the fallen stars-now trapped on earth-and save her people from dearth and death.

INGRID: A quest story with a female lead taking place essentially in Persia – this is right up my alley. Considering it’s a civil war, there’s bound to be drama, but it is the potential flavor to the fantasy that intrigues me the most.

SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #1
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Steve Lieber
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Jimmy Olsen must die! Wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Jimmy Olsen lives! Superman’s best friend and Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen tours the bizarre underbelly of the DC Universe in this new miniseries featuring death, destruction, giant turtles and more! It’s a centuries-spanning whirlwind of weird that starts in Metropolis and ends in Gotham City. And then we kill Jimmy.

STEPHEN: I’ve been waiting for this ever since I saw the preview in the Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1. I have a feeling we are going to see some of the classic Jimmy as a turtle-type stories, and it is going to be super self-aware of the comedy Matt Fraction is bringing to the book. I think this might be the highlight of my week.


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